"Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."John Steinbeck on Abraham Lincoln
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."John Steinbeck on Margaret Thatcher
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."John Steinbeck on Bruce Lee
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."John Steinbeck on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character is power."John Steinbeck on Booker T. Washington
"No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself."
"The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business."
"Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass."
"Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard."
"It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure on the world."